side view of the Lamborghini Countach LP 400 S placed in a glass case

The Car from Cannonball Run Makes History!

What was the Car in Cannonball Run?

If you love to watch classic movies and are interested in the automotive industry, does the name “Cannonball Run” ring a bell in your mind? It’s a classic comedy movie from 1981, which was based on the real-life secret race between the west and east coasts of the United States. Are you wondering what cars were there in Cannonball Run? From the Lamborghini Countach to a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, this movie had the best supercars. However, the film’s biggest star was the 1979 Lamborghini Countach LP 400 S, because, at the end of the movie, it won the race!

Since the Countach received a lot of recognition and love from the audience, it is now a part of the National Historic Vehicle Register of the United States Library of Congress. This cultural institution is managed by Hagerty Driver’s Foundation, which is responsible for shaping the future of car culture by honoring the automotive industry. Are you curious to know how this foundation celebrated the 1979 Lamborghini Countach LP 400 S? Keep reading to learn more about it by our team at Lamborghini Austin in Austin, TX.  

How is the 1979 Lamborghini Countach LP 400 S Preserved in the United States?

The 1979 Countach LP 400 S is one of the most iconic cars from movies, and due to that, it was included in the shortlist of cars at number 30. From the copies of all its documentation to its history and a 3D scan, all its information is now preserved in the Library of Congress. To celebrate this historical moment of the automotive industry, the Countach was displayed inside a glass case in the first week of October. This showcase was part of an event celebrated by the Hagerty Drivers Foundation on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., since 2009.


Is the Lamborghini Countach Still Made?


Who Owns the Countach from Cannonball Run?

The director of Cannonball Run, Hal Needham, borrowed the 1979 Lamborghini Countach LP 400 S from a friend in 1980. He then modified it for the movie by adding twin spotlights, a front spoiler, twelve exhaust pipes, and three antennas. On Cannonball Run’s set, it was noticed by Ron Rice, who was famous for founding the sunscreen brand Hawaiian tropic, and he bought it then and there. He drove the Lamborghini Countach LP 400 S till 2004 and then sold it to attorney and Lamborghini Aficionado, Jeff Ippoliti, its current owner.  

rear view of the Lamborghini Countach LP 400 S
side view of the Lamborghini Countach LP 400 S with its doors open

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